Analects of the Core: Rousseau on the social contract

The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mind and found people simple enough to believe him, was the true founder of civil society. What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had someone pulled up the states or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men: Do not listen to this impostor. You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!

– Jean-Jacques Rousseau, from his essay on the social contract (this text taken from the website of Prof. Simon Cushing at the University of Michigan-Flint). Prof. Charles Lindholm will be lecturing on Rousseau on October 13th, for the students of CC203: Foundations of the Social Sciences.

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